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Pearl of the Aegean

- 8 days walking and study tour on Santorini, Greece -

...We'd like to say a big thank-you to you all for being such excellent companions during our stay on such a wonderful island. Also a special thank-you to Tobias for being such a understanding and helpful guide for a really wonderful week. A. Frazer, October 2010
Spring at Pláka (c)Tobias Schorr
Spring at Pláka (c)Tobias Schorr
Chapel at Oía (c)Tobias Schorr
Chapel at Oía (c)Tobias Schorr
The red beach at Acrotíri (c)Tobias Schorr
The red beach at Acrotíri (c)Tobias Schorr
The bay of Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
The bay of Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
View over Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
View over Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
View to Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
View to Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Thermal bay at Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Thermal bay at Néa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Arrival at Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Arrival at Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Crater lake of 726 A.D. on Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Crater lake of 726 A.D. on Paléa Kaméni (c)Tobias Schorr
Orchid (c)Tobias Schorr
Orchid (c)Tobias Schorr
Spring flowers (c)Tobias Schorr
Spring flowers (c)Tobias Schorr
Santoríni is one of the most well-known and beautiful islands not only of Greece, but the whole world. Despite its popularity, it still has many hidden treasures to discover.
On this relaxed walking tour, we lead you through its volcanically-shaped landscapes away from the beaten tracks. Normally guided by photographer Tobias Schorr, we have time to take photographs and notice the little details, such as minerals, rare animals and plants and prehistoric remains.
You will find time to meet local people and get to know true Greek hospitality - Tobias who has lived many years in Greece has many friends on the island and knows the country better than anyone.
As an enthusiastic geology and mineralogy fan, he also makes the tour a great introduction to Santorini's fascinating geologic history and its connection to Ancient (Minoan) and modern culture and history.
  • Nature (many rare kinds of plants & animals)
  • In spring time: Rare orchids!
  • Archaeological sites
  • Volcanological sites
  • Rare minerals
  • Beautiful villages
  • Contact with local people
  • Boat-trip to the active volcano island Nea Kameni and a visit of the active craters

8 days itinerary Santorini

Day 1: Arrival on Santorini
Own arrival in Santorini, individual pick-up from airport or ferry port and transfer to our hotel in Oia or Akrotiri village. Group dinner in the evening.
Acc.: Small family run hotel in Akrotiri or Oia (D)
Day 2: Caldera walking
Spectacular walk along the caldera from Fira to Oía. On this tour you have great opportunities for taking photographs. Also you will get a first introduction to the geology of the island.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 3: Visit of the castle of Emporió
Visit of the picturesque village of Emporió
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 4: The read beach & Akrotíri peninsula
Walking tour from the village Akrotíri to the red beach, along the coast and to the cape of Akrotíri. Discover the oldest volcanic items and - if you are lucky - of rare minerals!
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 5: From Pýrgos to Ancient Thira and Períssa beach
Tour to the ancient acropolis of Thirá and down to the beach of Períssa or Kamári. You will start at the best time to have the ancient highlights in best light!
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 6: Boat trip to the volcano islands Néa Kaméni & Paléa Kaméni
The most fascinating tour with a private charterd boat to the volcanic islands Néa & Paléa Kaméni in the centre of the Santorini caldera. We have time to explore the volcanic centres of the youngest Greek island. Also you will meet Sóstis, the only man who lives on Paléa Kaméni island!
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 7: Free day
This day is reserved for relaxing, shopping, bathing or for optional common activities
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 8: Departure from Santorini
Transfer to the airport Santoríni and departure
Acc.: none (B)

Arrival info:

This tour starts and ends on Santorini.

Tour code:SAN_PAS
Tour type: Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - archaeology
Group size:6-8
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights


19-26 Sep 2020
3-10 Oct 2020
10-17 Apr 2021
22-29 May 2021

Price (p.p.): 1480 €  ? 


  • Accommodation in double room
  • Half-board incl. table water, tea or coffee
  • All transfers on Santorini
  • Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
  • Guided tour of the prehistoric site of Akrotiri by an official archaeological guide

Tour guide:

The tour is normally guided either by German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or photographer Tobias Schorr. Both have been traveling on Santorini and Milos for more than 20 years and know the islands better than even most local people and are well connected there.
Tom finished his PhD studies about the great Minoan eruption of Santorini. He made the important discovery of a 3600 year-old olive tree buried alive in the pumice deposit that now can be seen in the small geological museum in Perissa.
It allowed the so-far most precise dating of one of the most significant natural event in the Bronze age (to 1613+-13 years BC).
His friend Tobias, with whom Tom alternates on this tour, is a true specialist for Greece in general: its culture and history, people, flora, fauna and of course geology. He is legendary for his good eye and often discovering rare minerals, plants, animals, or hidden archeological artifacts during the various excursions.

Recommended by Ecotourism Greece

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